Starting up your own, new business is always a daunting prospect – the most daunting of which being a business where the majority of the work has to come to you. It’s not necessarily always the case with a breakdown recovery service, but it’s knowing where to start, and building a reputation that is the first hurdle with such a role. Before going overboard with advertising and promoting, it’s key to make sure you’re prepared – you have a vehicle, a company name, the right licence and your wits about you, and your business head on.
Ensuring you can legally operate the vehicle you’re looking to use goes without saying as the number one rule of having a breakdown recovery business. With vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes, you don’t necessarily need a special licence to drive them, but when taking into consideration the weight of a car on your usually-2-tonne vehicle, you’re going to be pushing close to 3.5 tonnes, so maybe getting a C1 licence – which allows you to drive vehicles weighing up to 7.5 tonnes – is worthwhile. Bear in mind that tachometers become a requirement around that sort of vehicle weight though.
One Sure Insurance advise that clients take out a motor trader policy when starting a recovery business; as it protects both your vehicle and your clients vehicle, but more on this later. Let’s get back to building your business first.
Going back to “the work has to come to you” and that not necessarily being the case – when starting up and trying to make a name for yourself, there is always the option of contacting, and even visiting local businesses to see how you could assist them with jobs other than simply vehicle recovery. A lot of businesses hire people to move stock vehicles around, and move vehicles between locations, so there is definitely an avenue to be explored there if business seems slow.
Getting the correct insurance cover will give you peace of mind while on the job – it’s a much understated fact in the industry that most people sometimes don’t even consider. Motor Trade insurance can provide good cover on your vehicle as it is a business, but you’ll need to guarantee that customer vehicles are covered by your insurance too, so you can tow them.
Once you have all of that, and know your way around the job, you can look at advertising, whether it be online, with local garages or in local papers and magazines. All else that’s left to do is see if you can find somewhere to store your vehicle (or vehicles) and keep on top of maintaining it. As with many businesses getting started, it’s a case of making sure you’re organised and doing things properly – do your research into different licences if you’re looking to branch out further and be prepared.